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Friday, January 19, 2018

The long-awaited return of Tracey Thorn


Tracey Thorn just revealed her new single “Queen,” the first song to be taken from her first solo album of entirely original material in seven years. Titled Record, it will be released on March 2.

Watch the Carol Morley-directed video for “Queen” now, and pre-order the album on CD and smoky red Peak Vinyl in the Merge store, where each format can be bundled with a beautiful full-color Tracey Thorn zine featuring 20 pages of handwritten lyrics and photos from the recording sessions. The record is also available for pre-order through your preferred independent record store and digital music service

Watch & share the music video for Tracey Thorn’s “Queen” now 

Describing “Queen,” Tracey says: “It’s a great opener for the album. Driven along by Ewan Pearson’s unashamedly glittering electro-pop production, and drums and bass from Warpaint’s Stella and Jenny, it features me playing electric guitar for the first time in a while, and singing my heart out.”

As ever, the personal has often been political in Tracey Thorn’s work. “Nine feminist bangers,” Tracey jokes when asked to describe Record. If this album is in part about freedom and disenthrallment, new single “Queen” is the opening broadside, all personal fire and desire. Her voice, self-assured and richly textured yet confessional and affecting, spits out the lyrics on Record with a fresh, compelling drive and remains one of the finest female pop voices of the last four decades.

“I think I’ve always written songs which chronicle the milestones of a woman’s life,” she says. “Different ages and stages, different realities not often discussed in pop lyrics. If 2010’s Love and Its Opposite was my mid-life album—full of divorce and hormones—then Record represents that sense of liberation that comes in the aftermath, from embarking on a whole new ‘no fucks given’ phase of life.”

On Record, the synth-driven tracks arrive and leave with a punchy sub-three-minute directness. “I wanted it to be a record you’d listen to in the daytime,” Tracey says. “On your headphones or on the move. Not necessarily in the evening, or in your bedroom.” For all its no-fuss pop brevity, the album rotates around “Sister,” a dubby nine-minute Compass Point-style disco jam where Tracey is joined again by Warpaint’s rhythm section and glorious backing vocals from Corinne Bailey Rae.

Across four decades, Tracey’s songs and writing have offered up a clear-eyed woman’s view of the immediate world around her, from the acerbic teen love songs of her first early-eighties band Marine Girls, through sixteen years as one half of articulate multi-million-selling duo Everything But The Girl, to her recent acclaimed memoirs and journalism.


Track list:

1. Queen
2. Air 
3. Guitar
4. Smoke
5. Sister
6. Go
7. Babies
8. Face
9. Dancefloor

Josh Rouse tackles 'Love in the Modern Age'

Singer-songwriter Josh Rouse will release his new album Love in the Modern Age on April 13 via Yep Roc Records. Forbes premieres the 1980's inspired single "Businessman" with an exclusive interview.

Read the full interview at Forbes and stream/embed the track here:
https://youtu.be/Kqn-yZ1Gw7U

Similar to his work on his album 1972 where he captured the aesthetics of a specific moment in time, Josh’s new album Love in the Modern Age takes inspiration from the sound and production of early 1980's releases by The Blue Nile, The Style Council and Prefab Sprout.


Also serving as inspiration were Roxy Music’s Avalon, Leonard Cohen's Various Positions and I'm Your Man. Non-ironic touches like sax, handclaps, reverbed guitar, backing vocals and keyboards give the moody but infectious songs a New Romantic flair.

Josh Rouse has solidified his status as one of his generation's most acclaimed songwriters in both the US and Europe, where he's lived on and off since 2004. Spending the better part of a year touring behind his critically acclaimed eleventh album, The Embers of Time, Rouse was ready for a change.


"Coming off such a heavy record, I wanted to try something different," he explains. "I wanted to explore new sounds and write with a fresh backdrop." Trading in his trusty acoustic guitar for a synthesizer, Love in the Modern Age still bears Rouse's distinct fingerprints even as it pushes his limits and forges a bold new chapter more than twenty years into his celebrated career.

Late last year, Rouse released the title track, "Love in the Modern Age" and Official Video as part of his Pledgemusic Campaign. Listen to the track and watch his epic campaign video at https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/loveinthemodernage. Second single "Businessman" is also available today as an instant grat track.

Album available for pre-order here: https://lnk.to/joshrouse

Josh Rouse will kick off his tour in the UK in April, followed by North America in May.

TOUR DATES:


May 9 - Washington, D.C. @Union Stage
May 12 - Cambridge, MA @Club Passim
May 13 - Philadelphia, PA @World Cafe Live
May 15 - Toronto, ON @Horseshoe Tavern
May 16 - Ferndale, MI @The Magic Bag
May 17 - Evanston, IL @SPACE
May 19 - Minneapolis, MN @Dakota
May 20 - Milwaukee, WI @The Back Room @Colectivo
May 24 - Nashville, TN @3rd & Lindsley
May 25 - Atlanta, GA @Terminal West

Click HERE for a full list of UK/North American dates.

Afghan Whigs, Built To Spill inaugural tour together


















The Afghan Whigs and Built To Spill are teaming up for a North American tour in April and May.

This is the first time the two bands have toured together.

Special guests Rituals Of Mine (April 11th – 25th) and Ed Harcourt (April 27th – May 15th) will serve as support. Tickets for all shows are on sale now.

Tour Dates:


Apr. 11 - Madison, WI - Majestic
Apr. 12 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
Apr. 13 - Indianapolis, IN - Vogue
Apr. 14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls
Apr. 16 - Providence, RI - Fete Music Hall
Apr. 18 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel
Apr. 20 - Boston, MA - House Of Blues
Apr. 21 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
Apr. 23 - Toronto, ON - Danforth
Apr. 24 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
Apr. 25 - Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
Apr. 27 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head
Apr. 28 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
Apr. 29 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
May 01 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
May 02 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre
May 03 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues
May 04 - Austin, TX - Emo's
May 05 - San Antonio, TX - Aztec Theatre
May 08 - Phoenix, AZ - Van Buren
May 09 - San Diego, CA - North Park Observatory
May 10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
May 11 - Berkeley, CA - UC Theatre
May 15 - Seattle, WA - Showbox At The Market

Rituals Of Mine opens April 11th – 25th
Ed Harcourt Opens April 27th – May 15th


MGMT head into 'Little Dark Age'

MGMT announce the release of their fourth album, Little Dark Age, out Feb. 9 via Columbia Records. The band has released a behind-the-scenes video chronicling the making of Little Dark Age at Tarbox Road Studios in Cassadaga, NY. Fans can pre-order the album now. Visit whoismgmt.com for more info. The duo will embark on a North American headlining tour this spring. See all tour dates below. Tickets are on sale now.
 
WATCH THE BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO HERE

Earlier this month, MGMT released the lyric video for the enchanting track "Hand It Over". Listen HERE. The group previously released the visuals for shadowy title track, "Little Dark Age," watch HERE, and "When You Die", a dream-like journey through the cycles of life. Watch HERE. See full track listing for Little Dark Age below.

Little Dark Age was produced by MGMT, Patrick Wimberly and long-time collaborator Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Spoon, Tame Impala). Late last year, the band teased in-studio visuals and snippets of music via Instagram. MGMT has incorporated songs from the upcoming release into their live show at festivals across North America throughout 2017.
 

Track listing:

She Works Out Too Much
Little Dark Age
When You Die
Me and Michael
TSLAMP
James
Days That Got Away
One Thing Left To Try
When You're Small
Hand It Over


Tour Dates:

1/30 Berlin, Germany Huxley's
2/2 Amsterdam, Netherlands Paradiso
2/3 Brussels, Belgium AB Main Hall
2/5 Paris, France La Cigale
2/6 London, UK Electric Brixton
3/2 St. Paul, MN Myth
3/3 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
3/5 St. Louis, MO Peabody Opera House
3/7 Dallas, TX South Side Ballroom
3/8 Austin, TX ACL Live at Moody Theater
3/9 New Orleans, LA BUKU Music & Art Project
3/11 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
3/13 Atlanta, GA Coca-Cola Roxy
3/15 Washington, DC The Anthem
3/16 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
3/17 Montreal, QB MTELUS
3/19 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
3/20Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
3/24Brooklyn, NY Kings Theatre
3/25 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Steel
5/7 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium
5/9 Calgary, AB Big Four Building
5/11 Vancouver, BC Orpheum Theatre
5/12 Seattle, WA Showbox SODO
5/15 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre
5/18 Hollywood, CA Palladium
5/19 San Diego, CA San Diego Civic Theatre
5/20 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
6/14-17 Dover, DE. Firefly Music Festival
6/29-7/1 Beuningen, Netherlands Down The Rabbit Hole Festival
7/6 Hérouville Saint Clair, France Festival Beauregard
7/12 Madrid, Spain Mad Cool Festival
7/17 Milan, Italy Milano Summer Festival


Formed in 2002, MGMT released their influential, Grammy-nominated, debut album Oracular Spectacular in 2007. This was followed by 2010's Congratulations and 2013's self-titled album MGMT. 

Dave Matthews Band to hit the road again this summer

After taking 2017 off, Dave Matthews Band returns with a new studio album - set for release this summer - and a North American tour. The band is currently putting the finishing touches on the album, which will mark its ninth studio release and first since 2012's Away From The World.

Dave Matthews Band will kick off its extensive summer outing in May and will wrap up the tour in September.

An online ticket presale for members of the DMB Warehouse Fan Association is underway now at www.warehouse.davematthewsband.com. Every online ticket order for the 2018 summer tour, purchased by May 17 will include a choice of CD or digital download of the new album when it is released.

Citi® is the official pre-sale credit card of Dave Matthews Bands 2018 tour. As such, Citi card members will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, January 30, at 10 AM local time until Thursday, February 1, at 10 PM local time through Citi's Private Pass® program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 2, at 10 AM local time. For itinerary, see below or visit http://davematthewsband.com.

Tour dates:

5/18 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
5/19 Dallas, TX Starplex Pavilion
5/22 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater
5/26 Atlanta, GA Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
5/27 Orange Beach, AL The Wharf Amphitheater
5/29 Brandon, MS Brandon Amphitheater
5/30 Rogers, AR Walmart AMP - Arkansas Music Pavilion
6/1 Burgettstown, PA KeyBank Pavilion
6/2 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
6/5 Syracuse, NY Lakeview Amphitheater
6/6 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
6/7 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
6/9 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
6/12 Gilford, NH Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
6/13 Gilford, NH Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
6/15 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion
6/16 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion
6/22 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center
6/23 Hartford, CT Xfinity Theatre
6/27 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Amphitheater
6/29 Chicago, IL Huntington Bank Pavilion
6/30 Chicago, IL Huntington Bank Pavilion
7/1 Milwaukee, WI American Family Insurance Amphitheater
7/6 Noblesville, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
7/7 Noblesville, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
7/10 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
7/11 Ottawa, ON Ottawa Bluesfest
7/13 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/14 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/17 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
7/18 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
7/20 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Park at Walnut Creek
7/21 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
7/24 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion - Charlotte
7/25 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
7/27 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds
7/28 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds
8/24 Denver, CO Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
8/25 Denver, CO Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
8/28 Bend, OR Les Schwab Amphitheater
8/31 Quincy, WA Gorge Amphitheatre
9/1 Quincy, WA Gorge Amphitheatre
9/2 Quincy, WA Gorge Amphitheatre
9/7 Stateline, NV Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
9/8 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View
9/10 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl

Coachella '18 artist update: David Byrne

David Byrne has announced a world tour in support of his forthcoming solo record, American Utopia. Byrne will perform songs from the new album, which is out March 9 via Todomundo/Nonesuch Records, as well as classics from his solo career and his days with Talking Heads.

A twelve-piece band will also join Byrne on stage for a choreographed concert that he has called “the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense.”

All online ticket purchases for US will receive a CD of the new album.

Last week, Byrne announced the release of American Utopia during a presentation of “Reasons To Be Cheerful,” an ongoing series he curates of hopeful writings, photos, music, and lectures. The presentation was given at New York’s New School to a live audience and also was streamed via his Facebook page.

He also released the first track from the album, “Everybody’s Coming To My House”— co-written with Brian Eno, featuring contributions from TTY, Happa, Isaiah Barr Leader of the Onyx Collective, Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never), Mercury Prize winner Sampha, and others. The song’s visual companion piece can be seen here.

“Everybody’s Coming To My House” is available to download instantly with pre-orders of American Utopiaon iTunes and at nonesuch.com. Nonesuch Store pre-orders also include an exclusive print facsimile of an early handwritten lyric sheet to the song.

Track listing: 


1. I Dance Like This
2. Gasoline And Dirty Sheets
3. Every Day Is A Miracle
4. Dog’s Mind
5. This Is That
6. It’s Not Dark Up Here
7. Bullet
8. Doing The Right Thing
9. Everybody’s Coming To My House
10. Here

Tour Dates:


3/3 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre SOLD OUT
3/4 Wilkes-Barre, PA F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts SOLD OUT
3/6 Buffalo, NY Center For The Arts SOLD OUT
3/7 Hershey, PA Hershey Theatre SOLD OUT
3/9 Waterbury, Ct Palace Theater SOLD OUT
3/10 Kingston, NY Ulster Performing Arts Center SOLD OUT
3/16 Santiago, CHI Lollapalooza (Chile)
3/18 Buenos Aires, ARG Lollapalooza (Argentina)
3/19 Teatro Gran Rex Buenos Aires (Argentina)
3/20 Teatro de Verano Montevideo (Uruguay)
3/24 Sao Paulo, BRA Lollapalooza (Brazil)
4/3 Mexico City MX Metropolitan Theater
4/5 Monterrey MX Auditorio Pabellón M
4/7 Guadalajara, MEX Corona Capital Guadalajara
4/14 Indio, CA Coachella
4/15 Tucson, AZ Centennial Hall
4/17 San Diego, CA San Diego Civic Theater
4/18 Las Vegas, NV Smith Center for the Arts
4/19 Mesa, AZ Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater
4/21 Indio, CA Coachella
4/24 Dallas, TX Winspear Opera House
4/25 Oklahoma City, OK The Criterion
4/27 San Antonio, TX Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
4/28 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall Outside Lawn
5/4 - 5/6 Atlanta, GA Shaky Knees
5/6 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
5/8 Asheville, NC Thomas Wolfe Civic Auditorium
5/9 Charlotte, NC Ovens Auditorium
5/10 Durham PAC Durham, NC
5/12 Washington, DC The Anthem
5/13 Pittsburgh, PA Benedum Center for the Arts
5/15 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theater
5/16 Madison, WI Orpheum Theater
5/17 Minneapolis, MN Orpheum Theater
5/19 Saskatoon, SASK TCU Place
5/20 Edmonton, ALB Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
5/21 Calgary, ALB Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
5/23 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theater
5/24 Seattle, WA Paramount Theater
5/27 Portland, OR Keller Audiorium
5/28 Eugene, OR Hult Center
5/30 Salt Lake City, UT Capitol Theatre
6/2 Chicago, IL Auditorium Theater
6/5 Des Moines, IA Des Moines Civic Center
6/7 Kansas City, MO Kauffman Center for the Arts
6/8 St. Louis, MO Peabody Opera House
6/9 Indianapolis, IN Farmers Bureau Lawn Amphitheater
6/14 Oxford, England New Theatre
6/15 Glasgow, Scotland Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
6/17 Birmingham, England Birmingham Symphony Hall
6/18 Manchester, England Manchester Apollo
6/19 London, England Eventim Apollo
6/22-23 Prague, Czech Republic Metronome Festival
6/25 Zagreb, Croatia INmusic Festival
6/26 Wien, Austria Museumsquartier
6/30 - 7/1 Ewijk, Netherlands Down The Rabbit Hole
7/5 - 7/8 Werchter, Belgium Rock Werchter
7/6 Roskilde, Denmark Roskilde Festival
7/5 Gdynia, Poland Open'er Festival
7/11 Oeiras, Portugal Cool Jazz Festival
7/13 Bilbao, Spain Bilbao BBK Live Festival
7/13-14 Barcelona, Spain Cruilla Barcelona
7/17 Zürich, Switzerland Theater 11
7/19 Ravenna, Italy Ravenna Festival
7/20 Perugia, Italy Umbria Jazz Festival
7/21 Trieste, Italy Piazza UNita
7/27 Camden, NJ XPoNential Music Festival
7/31 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
8/1 Shelburne, VT Shelburne Museum - The Green
8/3 Toronto, ONT Sony Center for the Performing Arts
8/5 Canandaigua, NY Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
8/8 Grand Rapids, MI Devos Performance Hall
8/10 Detroit, MI Fox Theater
8/11 Huber Heightes, OH Rose Music Center
8/12 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
8/16 Oakland, CA Fox Theater
8/18 San Jose, CA City National Civic Auditorium
8/21 Sacramento CA Community Theater
8/24 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
8/28 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater
 

Editors band news

Earlier this week, Editors unveiled "Magazine," from forthcoming album Violence - the band’s first single in three years. 

Frontman Tom Smith says it is "a pointed finger aimed at those in power...some corrupt politician or businessman...a character, and a tongue in cheek poke at the empty posturing and playing to the masses of the power hungry." 

Violence is the sixth album from Editors, and follows 2015’s acclaimed top 5 UK charter In Dream. It is produced by Leo Abrahams (Wild Beasts, Florence & The Machine, Frightened Rabbit) and Editors with additional production from Benjamin John Power and mixed by Cenzo Townshend, except "Hallelujah (So Low)," mixed by Alan Moulder.

The "Magazine" video was shot in Amsterdam by photographer, director and long term Editors collaborator Rahi Rezvani. A US tour is slated for spring. Tickets on sale now.


Tour dates:

May 8th - Seattle, WA - Neumos
May 9th - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
May 11th - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom
May 12th - Pomona, CA - The Glass House
May 13th - Los Angeles, CA - Belasco Ballroom
May 15th - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
May 16th - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
May 17th - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts 


Track listing: 

1. Cold
2. Hallelujah (So Low)
3. Violence
4. Darkness At The Door
5. Nothingness
6. Magazine
7. No Sound But the Wind
8. Counting Spooks
9. Belong